September 9: Otis Redding was born in 1941

 Otis Redding was soul, but Otis Redding was country, too. That was a point on which he always insisted, and that was the way others saw him. His strength was his simplicity, even if the simplicity was hard-won. The basis for his music was sincerity, not spectacular showmanship; he was at heart a stand-up singer whose power came from his …

Happy 75th birthday Mavis Staples

Well, you know I’ve always liked Mavis Staples ever since she was a little girl. She’s always been my favorite… She’s always had my favorite voice. ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner, Nov 1969) The Staple Singers – Respect Yourself (Live 1972 – Wattstax music festival): – Wikipedia: Birth name Mavis Staples Born July 10, 1939 (age 75) Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Genres Rhythm and blues, soul, gospel Occupations …

Eddie Floyd is 77 Happy Birthday

.. a workmanlike singer and a very accomplished songwriter, who showed occasional flashes of brilliance. ~The Rough Guide to Soul and R&B “…I’d had nothing directly to do with Motown while I’d been in Detroit, I’d still been around a lotta their artists and seen from a distance how they did things. And so, when I eventually got to Memphis, …

77 years ago: Chips Moman was born in 1937

Chips Moman, now semi-retired and living in LaGrange, Ga., still writes songs occasionally. “I write ‘em,” he says, “but I just leave ‘em laying there.” (- The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, 2008) One of the most important characters in the Memphis music scene in the 60’s. Chips Moman helped start Stax Records, then American Sound Studios, which cut 122 chart hits from …

May 13 in music history

Happy birthday: Stevie Wonder (born May 13, 1950) (read more) Do you know, it’s funny, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage. ~Stevie Wonder – “If anybody can be called a genius, he can be. …..  If nothing else, he played the harmonica incredible, I mean truly …

Today: The late Albert King was born in 1923

 “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” ~”Born Under A Bad Sign” – Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar …